Quick Review (for eligible projects):
A - Landmark staff will evaluate the completeness of your application. If necessary, staff will provide comments or request revisions.
B - If an application is found to be complete and meets the design guidelines, Landmark staff will issue an approval within a few business days.
Administrative Review (for eligible projects):
A - Landmark staff will evaluate the completeness of your application and perform a preliminary design guideline evaluation, generally within 10 business days. If necessary, staff will provide comments or request revisions.
B - If an application is found to be complete and meets the design guidelines, landmark staff will issue an approval within a few business days. Projects that are approved will be issued a certificate of appropriateness.
C- If a project cannot be approved administratively, landmark staff will provide comments as to how it may be revised to meet the design guidelines or will let you know if it must be reviewed by the LPC or LDDRC.
LPC or LDDRC Review:
The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) reviews projects on individual landmarks and properties in historic districts except properties in the Lower Downtown Historic District, which are reviewed by the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission (LDDRC). Projects that require LPC or LDDRC review include:
- All additions that add more than 900 square feet or add more than 40% square footage to existing above grade square footage, whichever is less
- Projects readily visible from public vantage points, except fences and minor site work that meets the design guidelines
- All roof-top additions with visibility from public vantage points, including enclosed and open space
- All new construction, including new primary structures, tandem houses, and new detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs),
- Exception: One-story garages that clearly meet design guidelines and are not visible from public vantage points do not require LPC or LDDRC review
- Changes to character-defining or visible doors, windows, porches and other historic features
- Major changes to historic materials
- Comprehensive sign plans, projecting shaped signs and other signs that are not subject to administrative review as delineated in Chapter 6(PDF, 1MB) or the Lower Downtown Historic District Guidelines(PDF, 15MB), depending on which applies
- Demolition of all primary structures, portions of a contributing structure, or contributing accessory structures
- Improvements to all city-owned property located in a historic district or an individual landmark site
- Projects determined by landmark staff to not meet the design guidelines
Process for LPC Design Review
Process for LDDRC Design Review
LPC or LDDRC review will result in one of the following:
- Approved - Landmark staff will issue a certificate of appropriateness within a few business days
- Approved with conditions - projects must submit the requested adjustments to the final construction drawings to landmark staff before a certificate of appropriateness will be issued.
- Continued - projects must provide additional information as requested by the LPC or LDDRC, and must return to the LPC or LDDRC for approval.
- Denied - projects must go before the LPC or LDDRC again with a revised submittal that addresses the LPC's or LDDRC's comments.